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Rishard Matthews | Wide Receiver | #18

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/12/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 217
College: Nevada
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 7 (227) / MIA
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Rishard Matthews caught 3-of-8 targets for 32 yards in the Titans' Week 3 loss to the Titans.
With Delanie Walker (hamstring) out, Matthews led the team in targets, but obviously did very little with them. He was the intended target on one of Marcus Mariota's interceptions and continues to rotate with Andre Johnson and Harry Douglas behind Tajae Sharpe. Matthews is waiver-wire fodder. Sep 25 - 5:24 PM

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Rishard Matthews caught 4-of-6 targets for 40 yards in the Titans' Week 2 win over the Lions.

The Titans spread the ball around in this one, with four different pass catchers drawing at least six targets. Matthews is in a muddled situation sharing time with Andre Johnson and Harry Douglas behind rookie Tajae Sharpe.
Sep 18 - 4:32 PM

Titans OC Terry Robiskie said Rishard Matthews is still working on his "timing" with Marcus Mariota.

"Talking to Rishard this week, him and Marcus have missed each other once or twice on account of a little bit of a high throw," Robiskie said. "They look like they got a little bit more timing to work on. But they’re doing a good job doing it." Perhaps "timing" is the reason Matthews played fewer snaps than the model of inefficiency Harry Douglas Week 1.
Sep 17 - 11:22 AM

Rishard Matthews caught 3-of-4 targets for 26 yards Week 1 against the Vikings.

Matthews was clearly behind Tajae Sharpe in the pecking order, and he ended up seeing fewer targets than both Andre Johnson (7) and Harry Douglas (5). Once a promising candidate for 100 targets, Matthews now looks like perhaps the fourth option on a bad passing offense. He is not a must-hold.
Sep 11 - 5:09 PM

Rishard Matthews has been seeing increased reps in the slot with Kendall Wright (hamstring) still sidelined.

"We are going to move him inside a little bit, give him a little more playing time in there with Kendall being out. So he has a little more on his plate," coach Mike Mularkey said. "I am really happy with Rishard. ... His blocking has been very good." Matthews is playing inside and out and figures to play heavy snaps right out of the gate. He and Tajae Sharpe appear to be the top-two receivers, followed up by Andre Johnson and Harry Douglas. Wright may not have a role upon return.
Aug 31 - 11:30 AM

Rishard Matthews caught 1-of-2 targets for 19 yards in the Titans' third preseason game Saturday night.

Matthews' one grab was good for a first down on 3rd-and-10 late in the first quarter, and he had an end-zone target bounce off his fingertips in the second. Still, he saw inconsistent work with the first-team offense, often times losing snaps to both Harry Douglas and Andre Johnson. It is possible Tennessee just wanted to get the vets work with the first-team offense, but it is a concerning development with Tajae Sharpe seemingly establishing himself as the No. 1 receiver. Matthews still should open the season as a starter, but his target upside suddenly appears much smaller.
Aug 27 - 10:38 PM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he is "really happy" with Rishard Matthews.

"He ran some really good routes yesterday," Mularkey said of Matthews' performance in the second preseason game. "His blocking has been very good. Everybody always talks about the receiving end of things, but his blocking has been very good as well." All the preseason buzz has been about rookie Tajae Sharpe, but Matthews is still likely the No. 1 receiver. It would not be surprising if he finished the season as the second-most targeted Titan behind Delanie Walker.
Aug 22 - 10:28 AM

Titan Insider's Terry McCormick considers Rishard Matthews and rookie Tajae Sharpe to be Tennessee's starters in two-receiver sets to begin training camp.

Kendall Wright will man the slot, a position that comes off the field in packages that use two tight ends or a fullback. As for Dorial Green-Beckham, McCormick says that by running him with the backups, the "Titans are showing that the spot won’t just be handed to DGB on talent alone." It would be classic Titans for this team to start Tajae Sharpe over Dorial Green-Beckham and Kendall Wright.
Jul 14 - 9:12 PM

Rishard Matthews has been getting most of the first-team reps at outside receiver.

Rookie Tajae Sharpe has been playing opposite Matthews, with Kendall Wright in the slot. The Titans gave Matthews a three-year deal this offseason, but there aren’t any guaranteed roles going into training camp. Dorial Green-Beckham remains a strong candidate for one of the starting spots.
Jun 17 - 6:04 PM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said newly-signed Rishard Matthews will be the "Z" receiver.

Sophomore Dorial Green-Beckham should be the "X" with Kendall Wright playing inside in the Titans' "exotic smashmouth" scheme. Matthews was a playmaker for the Dolphins last season, scoring four times and gaining 662 yards on 43 receptions. He is a massive upgrade over Harry Douglas.
Mar 10 - 11:58 AM

Titans agreed to terms with WR Rishard Matthews on a three-year, $15 million contract.

The deal includes $2.5 million guaranteed. He chose the Titans over the Patriots, almost certainly because Tennessee offered more money. Matthews, 26, caught 43 passes for 662 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games for the Dolphins last year, showing playmaking ability in the short and intermediate range. He is adept after the catch and has strong hands. In Tennessee, Matthews should provide a big upgrade on Harry Douglas in three-receiver sets alongside Dorial Green-Beckham and Kendall Wright. With Matthews, DeMarco Murray, and C Ben Jones added so far, the Titans' offense has a chance to take a big step forward in Marcus Mariota's second year.
Mar 9 - 9:41 PM

CSN New England's Mike Giardi reports the Patriots are "optimistic" they will sign free agent WR Rishard Matthews.

Matthews is also getting a look from Tennessee, but the Patriots offer a better chance to win and perhaps a clearer path to targets. If the money is right, Matthews should end up in New England. Matthews caught 43 passes for 662 yards and four scores in 11 games with the Dolphins last season.
Mar 9 - 8:31 PM

Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports the Patriots have shown interest in free agent Rishard Matthews.

Matthews has been connected to both New England and Tennessee in the past two days. Teams that whiffed on Marvin Jones (Lions) should be taking a long look at Matthews, who plays a similar game and is coming off a strong season in Miami, before it was cut short by five games due to fractured ribs.
Source: Doug Kyed
Mar 9 - 1:43 PM

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky "believe(s)" Tennessee is interested in free agent Rishard Matthews.

Albeit not quite a "report" from Kuharsky, it's the first indication of known NFL team interest in Matthews since the legal tampering period began. In a very weak free agent year for wide receivers, 26-year-old Matthews is a top-five talent.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 8 - 8:36 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are unlikely to meet free agent Rishard Matthews' asking price.

Per reporter Barry Jackson, the Dolphins have "told people there’s a good chance" Matthews is commanding more than they can "comfortably offer." Matthews is near the top of a thin free agent class. Even if his price ends up modest, the Dolphins probably already have too many resources tied up in the receiver position.
Mar 3 - 11:54 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Marcus Mariota
2Matt Cassel
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Derrick Henry
3Antonio Andrews
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Derrick Henry
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Derrick Henry
FB1Jalston Fowler
WR11Tajae Sharpe
2Andre Johnson
3Jordan Leslie
WR21Rishard Matthews
2Kendall Wright
3Harry Douglas
WR31Andre Johnson
TE1Delanie Walker
2Anthony Fasano
3Phillip Supernaw
4Jace Amaro
LT1Taylor Lewan
2Dennis Kelly
LG1Quinton Spain
2Josh Kline
C1Ben Jones
2Brian Schwenke
RG1Chance Warmack
2Sebastian Tretola
RT1Jack Conklin
K1Ryan Succop